Barn owl photographs sought

Moluccan Masked Owl Tyto sororcula cayelii, Buru, Maluku, Indonesia © James Eaton/Birdtour Asia

Alexandre Roulin, Professor of Biology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland is currently writing a review of worldwide studies of barn owls, family Tytonidae, summarizing more than 3,600 published papers on the subject.

To illustrate his forthcoming book, Alexandre is seeking photographs of all Tytonidae species and subspecies, taken across the global distribution of this fascinating family.

All photographers providing images will be fully credited in the publication. Any submissions should include full details of where and when the photographs were taken, and if known (sub)specific identification.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact Alexandre at

Jerdon’s Babbler rediscovered in Myanmar

Jerdon’s Babbler, rediscovered in Myanmar in May 2014 © Robert Tizard / WCS

5th March 2015—Jerdon’s Babbler Chrysomma altirostre has been rediscovered in Myanmar by a scientific team from WCS, Myanmar’s Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division – MOECAF, and National University of Singapore (NUS).

Jerdon’s Babbler had last been seen in Myanmar in July 1941 and was considered by many to be extinct in the country.

News of the exciting rediscovery has been unveiled in the latest issue of BirdingASIA, the six-monthly journal of the Oriental Bird Club.

The printed article will be distributed to Club members, while an electronic version can be downloaded here: BirdingAsia22 pp13-15 (PDF, 50 KB)

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Forktail 30 available

Forktail30-coverOBC members should already have received Forktail 30, the latest issue of the Club’s peer-reviewed journal of Asian ornithology.

As ever, the publcation is packed with the latest ornithological papers relating to the avifauna of the Oriental region.

The full contents from each issue are posted  on the OBC website, but it’s a publication you simply can’t afford to miss: so join OBC today and you will receive two issues of BirdingASIA every year, plus once a year, Forktail, the Club’s peer-reviewed journal publishing original ornithological research from the region.

2016: visit Koko Nor, deserts, Roof of the World & SE Qinghai with OBC

Taxonomic enigma: Pink-tailed Bunting. (c) Richard Thomas

In 2016, there will be an exciting opportunity for OBC members to visit the Koko Nor, deserts, Roof of the World & SE Qinghai on an OBC on a trip led by Jesper Hornskov.

By Jesper Hornskov* ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 1st October 2014.

Situated in western China, rugged Qinghai province is the ideal place to see a mix of Central Asian specialities, Chinese / Tibetan endemics, and isolated populations of otherwise mostly Siberian species. In zoogeographic terms we will be visiting the Tibetan Plateau and the deep valleys of its eastern fringes, with the latter showing particularly strong affinities with the least accessible parts of neighbouring Sichuan, known for its avifaunally rich Panda reserves.

Unlike China’s ‘Tibet Autonomous Region’ (which could remain trapped in the current unrest- and-clampdown cycle for years to come, making both Lhasa & SE Tibet chronically uncertain destinations), Qinghai – with scenery fully on par with the very best in parts of ‘geographical Tibet’ now administered by neighbouring provinces – offers excellent, reliable & (with comparatively less developed tourism) affordable access to Tibet’s array of unique birds, mammals & flora.

Full itinerary and more details (PDF, 350 KB)


BirdingASIA 21: latest issue available

BA21coverOBC members should already have received BirdingASIA 21, the latest issue of the Club’s biannual publication, BirdingASIA.

As ever, the issue is packed with the latest information and ornithological sightings from the Oriental region. It includes articles on identification of raptors, Sillem’s Mountain Finch, Sakhalin’s Leaf-warbler,  Grey-breasted Babbler, Pale-capped Pigeon and more.

The full contents and sample articles from each issue are posted here on the OBC website, but it’s a publication you simply can’t afford to miss: so join OBC today and you will receive two issues of BirdingASIA every year, plus once a year, Forktail, the Club’s peer-reviewed journal publishing original ornithological research from the region.

Jewel Hunter available from OBC

THE_JEWEL_HUNTER_cover_LRThe Jewel Hunter, Chris Goodie’s gripping tale of his quest to see every species of true pitta inside a single calendar year is now available direct from Chris, with £4 from every sale going straight to the Oriental Bird Club.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity to read about one of the world’s great birding tales, please visit the OBC publications sales page.

Joint OBC meeting with BOC and NHM

Joint-meetingThe Club’s Annual General Meeting this year is being held jointly with the British Ornithologists’ Club & Natural History Museum on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at The Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD.

A packed agenda includes talks by Dr Pamela Rasmussen on new species and rediscoveries, Dr Debbie Pain on saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Chris Gooddie on  Bukit Barisan Selatan, Dr Stuart Marsden on Asia’s large frugivorous birds, Dr Robert Prŷs-Jones on Allan Octavian Hume and Warblers and Dr Per Alstrom on warblers and larks.

The meeting is open to members and non-members of OBC and BOC. Admission is free to members, donations from non-members invited.

Full programme and details of how to reach the venue in the Joint Meeting Programme  (PDF, 150 KB).

Asian ibis on the Edge


Giant Ibis (c) James Eaton / BirdtourAsia

An assessment by scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Yale University of bird species worldwide has helped produce a list of the top 100 most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (Edge) species.

Top of the list is the rare and striking Giant Ibis, which today can most easily be found in northern Cambodia. Approximately 230 pairs remain in the wild, many of them protected by local campaigns run through the Sam Veasna Centre and BirdLife Cambodia. Chief threats to the ibis are habitat loss, human disturbance and hunting.